chapter  9
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Sustainable midwifery education: A case study from New Zealand


The concept of sustainability within education is currently gaining ground in both formal and non-formal learning in every sector of education around the world (UNESCO 2009). The key aspects that are said to be integral to sustainable education are: universal access to education, community participation and collaboration, and ‘a curriculum that values creativity, innovation and critical thinking and which promotes a global perspective applied to local circumstances’ (ATL 2009: 5). The challenges offered to educators and institutions would seem to be to ‘review, rethink and reform’ their programme content and delivery of courses to provide a clearer understanding of an ecological, participatory worldview (ATL 2009: 1).